In Charisma Magazine article “Vladimir Putin’s Connection to Christianity May Surprise You”, the lack of emphasis of the war, violence and death in Ukraine, and Syria caused by Putin was utterly surprising. Instead, it seeks like liberals do, ask the question “But do we really know who Vladimir Putin is? Do we know what drives and motivates him? More specifically, do we know for sure why he has invaded Ukraine?”, which it doesn’t answer. It is not a twisted marriage or outright support of Putin and hence implicated in the evil as frivolously claimed by the Christian Left, but the alleged connection is purely based on Putin’s strong anti-gay stance inline with the Orthodox Church.
There is a flaw in the Christian Right, a flaw which is against the fundamental of the Reformation, which is Solus Christus. During the height of the anti-gay movement in Singapore, a mega church pastor claimed by Satan is using gays to destroy the church. He wasn’t too wrong. Because Christianity has become defined by whether we are for or against gays, when it should be whether we are for or against Jesus Christ. The legalist would claim that Christ didn’t come to replace the law, because conveniently neglected to preach that homosexuality wasn’t condemned in the Ten Commandments. But murder, including by definition the unborn, but we do not see rallies against abortion. It is because straight people are sacrificing to Molech of old.
What both the Christian Right and Left did not realized is that it is always about Jerusalem, even the war in Ukraine. When Obama mentioned in passing in the UN in 2014 about the historical links of Crimea to Russia, it was a gross understatement. Historically, Ukraine was not the occupant of Crimean peninsula, it was Russia who annexed it in 1784 from the Tartar hoards who lost from from the Ottomans after the Russian Ottoman war (1877-1878). Tartars were far from innocent and they were part of the “Golden Horde” who were the Mongols invaders under Batu Khan who invaded Kievan Rus and Moscow in 1242 who splintered the land. Otherwise Russia and Ukraine would have remained much closer for the lineage were traced back to Vladimir the Great, the founder of Orthodox Christianity in Russian. It was the conflict between Churches (Catholic vs Orthodox) in Jerusalem, in the Muslim Ottoman Rule in 1853 that led to the First Crimean War between the Europeans (France, UK, Italy)/ Ottoman and Russia which used the excuse to attack Crimea to limit the increasing Russian power. it was the Turks who were supported by the British fleet who declared war on Russia on Oct 4, 1853.
A hundred and seventy years later when Russia attacked Ukraine, it is a start of the ancient conflicts between Europe, Ottomans, Russia, and between the major faiths – Western Catholic Church, Eastern Orthodox, and Muslims. What the Christian Left never preached about is the fact that the 4th crusade attacked Constantinople (Centre of the Eastern Orthodox Church and under Byzantine) in 1204, weakened it significantly and started a decline that led to the city falling to the ottomans under to Sultan Mehmed II (Mehmed the Conqueror) in 1453). The weakened Byzantine could stop the rise of the ottomans from 1299 to 1453. After the ransack by the Western Catholic Church of Constantinople in 1204, the Byzantines could only recapture Constantinople in 1261. As Kievan-Rus based Kiev was primarily a secondary trading city on the river trade route to Constantinople, it was also much weaked to fell to the Golden Horde. The fall of Constantinople, also led to the massive Muslim invasion of Europe and 450 years of great wars which lasted from 1453 to 1917. It ended in Word War I, with the lost by the Ottomans of Jerusalem in 1917. The Battle of Jerusalem against the Turks ended with General Edmund Allenby entered the Old City on foot through the Jaffa Gate on 11 Dec 1917.
The claim by the Christian left that somehow the Christian Right in the US is aligned with Putin, is so neglectful of facts. Yes, the Christian Right is so careless using solely gay marriage reasoning to support the Russian Orthodox church, and for some by extension, Putin. The move is historical for it brings us back to the 4th crusade, with history reversing itself. Ie the West and the Catholic church will be weakened by the move from the East to the West, with the coming fall of Rome. We are coming back closer to the return of Jerusalem, before the coming back of Jesus Christ.